Stephen Brundage was added as the top assistant coach of the Marquette University men[apos]s lacrosse program on May 18, 2011. He serves as the team[apos]s recruiting coordinator and offensive coordinator.
During the 2013 season, Brundage coached the offense to a 5-8 record and a final national ranking of #19 in shooting rate.
This past season, Brundage[apos]s offense helped MU win a program record six games, including a 4-2 BIG EAST conference record. The Golden Eagles won all four games each by a one-goal margin, including overtime wins over St. John[apos]s and Georgetown. Throughout the season, MU[apos]s offense was among the BIG EAST leader in fewest turnovers per game, finishing third overall, but leading the league for most of the season. The Golden Eagles were ranked as high as No. 2 nationally in fewest turnovers per game in 2014. Attackman Tyler Melnyk was named First Team All-BIG EAST and offensive midfielder Kyle Whitlow was awarded to Second Team All-BIG EAST under the coaching of Brundage in 2014.
Brundage, who most recently served as an assistant coach under Chris Bates at Drexel and Princeton, played four years of Division I lacrosse at Loyola University Maryland, where he was a captain and two-time All-American.
[quote]As I thought about the individuals I wanted to consider for my top assistant position, my mind kept coming back to Stephen Brundage,[quote] said MU head coach Joe Amplo. [quote]I have competed against Stephen since his days as a player at Loyola (Md.) and have been impressed with his growth from a standout student-athlete to one of the most respected young coaches in our sport.[quote]
[quote]Stephen has proven to me that he is a relentless recruiter, determined teacher and a creative offensive coach,[quote] said Amplo. [quote]His ability to evaluate, develop and mentor the young men who are part of the Marquette men[apos]s lacrosse program will serve us well, and I could not be more excited.[quote]
At Loyola (Md.), Brundage helped his squad to a 31-22 record while garnering individual honors as a two-time All-American honorable mention, tri-captain as a senior, and two-time team MVP. As a freshman, he helped the team to a 10-4 record and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship under then-head coach Dave Cottle. Brundage departed Loyola (Md.) with 88 career goals and 143 career points, leading the team in scoring in three seasons. He graduated in 2005 with a degree in marketing.
The Camillus, N.Y., native competed professionally with Major League Lacrosse[apos]s Chicago Machine following his career with the Greyhounds.
[quote]I[apos]m thrilled about this situation and cannot wait to be a part of the Marquette community,[quote] said Brundage. [quote]I have always respected Joe and his accomplishments both when I played and coached against him. It will be nice to share a sideline with him instead of finding ways to score on his defense, which has proved to be difficult over the years.
[quote]Joe has a real passion for coaching,[quote] Brundage added. [quote]I think we share a lot of the same values, and I[apos]m certainly flattered and honored to now be coaching with him. I am excited to learn from Joe, and I know I have a lot to offer this new program.[quote]
In 2007, Brundage was named the second assistant under Bates at Drexel, where his older brother Mark played. In his first season with the Dragons in 2007-08, Brundage helped coach the team to a 13-4 overall record and was ranked as high as No. 10 nationally by Inside Lacrosse before falling in the Colonial Athletic Association Championship.
Brundage then followed Bates to Princeton prior to the 2010 season, where in his first year with the Tigers, helped coach the team to an 11-5 record, highlighted by an Ivy League Tournament title and NCAA tournament berth.
While at Princeton, a program that owns six national championships since 1992, Brundage took lead of the offense and coached a number of All-Ivy League First Team selections, including midfielder Tom Schreiber in 2011 and attackman Jack McBride and midfielder Mike Chanenchuk in 2010.
As a prep, Brundage played at West Genesee High School in New York, where he was a high school All-American, two-time All-Central New York selection and finished second on the school[apos]s all-time scoring list in both hockey and lacrosse.
Brundage joins John Orsen as the other full-time assistant men[apos]s lacrosse coach at Marquette University.